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Cache Valley ski resorts opening for the season

Dec 21, 2021, 7:47 PM | Updated: Dec 22, 2021, 10:13 am

CACHE VALLEY, Utah — Ski resorts in the Cache Valley are starting to open up this week after battling some warm temperatures and somewhat disappointing snowfall.

On Tuesday, the sunny sky made for a comfortable opening at Cherry Peak Resort.

“Oh yeah, it’s a nice bluebird day,” Caleb Leff said. “It’s nice out. I had too many jackets on. Had to shed a layer.”

And while it’s nice now, it’s proven to be a challenge in the days leading up to opening day.

“It’s been a little bit of a borderline temperature with the inversion right now,” said Dustin Hansen, operations and marketing director for Cherry Peak Resort.

Hansen said they’ve had to work around the clock making and grooming snow here — as much as the temperatures would allow.

Snow machine operates at Cherry Peak Resort.

“It’s been a challenge this year with Mother Nature, but you know what, it feels so good to actually get out of the car and see skiers come down the mountain today,” he said.

Beaver Mountain is facing similar challenges as they prepare to open Wednesday.

“The last two days, it’s been in the 40s up here,” said Travis Seeholzer, mountain operations manager at Beaver Mountain.

A snowcat rides around at Beaver Mountain.

But the excitement for the season is high, at least with some people.

Teenagers Vance Hansen and Sierra Maughan called the first chair of the day at Beaver Mountain.

“We decided it would be a fun idea to come up and hang out for the night,” Hansen said.

“Yeah,” Maughan said.

“Get first chair,” Hansen added.

“We got here at 12, haha,” Maughan said.

Seeholzer said that’s a first.

“It’s not unusual for people to spend the night, but they’ve been here all afternoon,” he said.

Of course the hope at both resorts Tuesday night is that storms later this week could blow out the inversion and bring lots of fresh powder.

“The forecast is something that gives you a little bit to look forward to,” Dustin Hansen said.

Beaver Mountain’s opening Wednesday lines up with some of their latest opening days over the past 10 years.

Cherry Peak, however, is doing better than they did last year, when they opened on Dec. 28.

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